Kewell groin injury to heal before World Cup

May 14, 2006

Liverpool winger Harry Kewell suffered a torn groin muscle in the FA Cup final against West Ham but is expected to be fit for the World Cup finals in Germany next month.

The 27-year-old Australia international limped off at the Millennium Stadium just after half-time, his second disappointment in cup finals after getting injured against AC Milan in the Champions League final a year ago.

Kewell had a scan on the injury at Liverpool's Melwood training ground today, revealing he needs treatment in England before an expected return to action in two to three weeks.

Liverpool head of press Ian Cotton said : 'We liaised closely with the Australian national team medical staff and their physio actually accompanied our club doctor to the scan this morning.

'That scan has shown Harry has torn one of his groin muscles. It has been agreed that Harry will receive treatment at Melwood for the next 10 days before joining up with his international team-mates in Holland.

'We expect him to be playing again within the next two to three weeks.'

Kewell is one of the senior players in Australia's squad and he featured in the World Cup play-off triumph against Uruguay last November when the Socceroos won on penalties in Sydney.